- Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead
So far we are saving money on a few things, but at the same time I had to realize I am an out of state bride only going to the town of my wedding 3 days before the wedding, so I had to change somethings. None the less, here is how I saved:
DJ/Bar/Linens: Located the company on craigslist, they were running a special which was in my budget, but at the very top end, so I haggled. I got my open bar for 150 people, an awesome barrel bar setup, ALL linens I could ever need and my DJ with 2 sound systems for 5.5 hours for $1600 saving me about double that amount due to paying in full and asking what else they could add in for me since i was willing to pay right then.
Wedding planner: I am using an Events Planner for a university in the town my wedding is in, she does wedding on the side. Also located on craigslist, but happened to know someone in her department at the universtiy so talked to them as well as her past clients. $500, which saved me about $1000 if not more based on other peoples quotes.
Cake: I went to culinary school and have a good friend who does wedding cakes on the side so she is doing my 4 tier cake PLUS FI’s cookie bar for $500! Saved me about $750
Favors: Our cookie bar will be suppulemented with EXTRA cookies so they guest can take them home, I work in a restaurant and can get a case of 150 cookies for about $30 and I’ll but 2 cases and bake them. Saving me about $200.
Dress: I bought my dress at a well known bridal/pagent dress shop where alterations are included in the price. My dress is $1650 with alterations! This saved me $100 as they were that much cheaper then the other store with this dress PLUS the $450 in alterations the other store said I would need. Also was given 10% off there because I knew someone who refered me and got a little discount.
Acessories: We are making my bridal belt as the one at the salon was $400!! Found everything we need for less then $50. We are also making my birdcage veil for about $10. All my jewelry has been gifted to me or I am borrowing it for the day, so no cost there. Saved me $350 or so
Shoes: I picked toms and found them on ebay for $40, saved me $20
Bridesmaid dresses/gifts: I am not paying for the dresses except for one, as she is traveling from Scotland to stand by my side. However, since I know the owner they are gettin 10% off on their orders! Gift wise, I got them all toms for after the ceremony when their feet are tired $120 from ebay, saved $60. I also got them shirts to get ready in, found them on super sale at JCP so got them for $20, saved $70, BONUS my FG’s mom has an emboridary machine so shes doing that for free! Last thing is hangers and jewelry, all found on etsy, I just sent the seller an email about buying multiples and they both sent me a code for 10% off PLUS both shops are shipping for free, so saved about $20.
Groomsmen: Future Mother-In-Law insits on buying their outfits, but if its under $1000, I can put the rest of the money to something else in the wedding. Buying their pants, vest, shirts and socks from JCP with coupons when on sale, $500. We are getting their shoes from the converse outlet for $180, saving us $30. Lastly the bow ties will be from etsy and again messaged seller and got a 10% off code!
Groomsmen gifts: still looking on etsy, think a nice drinking glass etched. They run about $20 a piece, I will ask for a code though.
Flower Girls: We are making their outfits, however again we arent covering this cost.
Flowers: I had really wanted to DIY them all but realised there will not be enough time since I will be coming from another state with a ton to do prior to the big day. So we found a local florist via angie’s list and got a discount from the site, then I asked if I paid cash would they do a discount and they are! Were told $1800, but we get a 10% angies list discount plus $100 cash discount. We arent sure of final cost as we may add or remove some flowers once we see them. savings over other florist we spoke to about $400.
Hotel: I work in a hotel so I get the benefit of having super cheap rate, saving us about $450 on our rooms to get ready in. Also working a deal for the room blocks for the guest!
Catering: We are using a friend of the FI’s who has a family mexican restaurant. They are catering for 150 people a fajita bar plus enchiladas and all the fixings for a little snack during cocktail hour for $1500!! Savings is about $3000, HUGE score for us here!
Officent is a family friend, going to givev him and his new wife a cute date night basket filled with gift cards to restaurants they like and an AMC movie giftcard too! $300 savings after I buy all the thank you items
Make up/Hair: Is a girl I used to go to school with, she is doing my makeup with lashes and hair for $160 and this INCLUDES my trials.
Photographer: We are using someone who is newer to the area, found on craigslist, but has some of the most breath taking photos I have ever seen! We vetted him as he works with a local fraturnity chapter we knew a member in and spoke to plus he has photographed me without me knowing in a 5k and I loved those photos!! We are getting full day coverage, 2 shoots, engagement, bridal and a boudiour session PLUS 3 memory photo books for $800, saving us about $3200 from the next photographer we liked. Another HUGE score for us.
Plates/Cutlery: Since we are a barn wedding, we are doing nice plastic settings because the venue has no running water and we didnt want to mess with the mess. Saving us $400
Venue: local historical barn, we get it for 2 FULL days, plus they have hardley any rules, except no flame and dont put holes in the barn. Cost $3000, and it comes with tables and chairs! The other barn we liked was $12000 for one day and not even a full meal with it!
Invites: I got a template off etsy for $60 and then had the print shop my dad use to work out print the entire suite, costing $360. Saving us $700, not to mention we seriously got everything, save the date, we got married, invite plus 4 inserts and the thank you cards!
**Something to know, I vetted ALL of my craigslist finds via wedding websites and doing personal interviews as well as speaking to some past clients to ensure I was in good hands. I got photos of what their work looked like and all from some vendors.**